Man fined after being forced to buy stolen perfume
A POWYS man said he felt “urged” to buy stolen perfumes as he appeared in court for receiving stolen property.
Michael Roger Davies bought £160 worth of stolen perfume from another man in the hostel where he was staying, and said he did it because another man told him he would tell people about his past convictions.
Davies, 39, admitted a charge of receiving stolen property when he appeared at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday January 19.
Prosecutor Kevin Challinor said the stolen perfumes were worth £525 and were stolen by another Boots man in Llandrindod on November 13 last year; he was staying at the same inn in town as Davies.
“Police received a call from Boots regarding a theft,” Mr Challinor said.
“They gave information to the police which led to a search for the accused’s address. The defendant shared accommodation with another individual, known as Alan Talbot. He said he bought her stuff for £160.
“He said ‘He pressured me to buy them’. He was arrested and produced perfumes stolen from the store. When questioned, he said he had received them from a man and he knew that ‘they had been stolen.’ He was offered a conditional warning but failed to comply with the demands of it.
Acting for Davies, of Gwynfa, Lant Avenue, Llandrindod, Gareth Walters said: ‘It’s not that he didn’t comply, he wasn’t eligible as he was licensed at the time, that which prevented him from having one.
“It wasn’t a refusal on his part, it was because he wasn’t eligible in the first place.”
Of the offence, Mr Walters added: ‘Officers went to the shared hostel they were searching another room when the accused called them out of the way to tell them that the items they were looking for were in his room.
“He said he was told to buy them or else the other man would reveal details of his previous convictions to the public. He is on license until October.
“He learned the error of his ways and has since walked away from the other male.”
Davies was fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an additional £34.